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JD # 01 SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY ASSISY

 Assists in technical veterinary pathology procedures involved in the postmortem examinations of a variety of
exotic zoo animals including mammals, avian, reptiles, and amphibians.

 Creates and updates databases for tracking stored animal material, photographs, and histology slides. Searches
databases for researchers and provides animal material and pathology specimens to researchers.

 Responsible for the supervision, cleaning, disinfecting and maintenance of the facility, all instruments and
equipment (including laboratory safety and handling of bio-hazardous materials). Ensures that pathological
instruments are in good working order and available for use in the necropsy facility.

 Assists with clinical laboratory tests; trims fixed tissue and prepares them for sending out to histology lab; and,
files and stores other pathology specimen, histology slides and other animal materials generated by the
Department of Pathology in its study and research of animal diseases.

 Coordinates the collection and shipment of tissues and specimen to other laboratories

 Assists with the clinical pathology laboratory processes including running diagnostic tests, processing samples
and sending them out to appropriate reference laboratories, filing and storing samples and supply and services
procurement, and data management.
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 Acts as liaison to the Smithsonian museums and investigators from other institutions for the disposition of
animal carcasses or parts thereof for scientific purposes and acts as the medical records keeper.

SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY ASSISY

 Prepares simple samples and media as specified for use by others for laboratory work and experiments.

 Ensures that necessary glassware is prepared for each day’s use.

 Follows established safety procedures.

 Maintains stock of laboratory supplies.

 Notifies supervisor when re-order is necessary.

 Performs routine tests required in support of laboratory work and experiments.

 Follows established safety procedures.

 Maintains stock of biomedical and other supplies.

 Requisitions laboratory stock items and equipment.

 Performs general laboratory maintenance as required

 Maintains laboratory records of procedures.

 May assist in preparing laboratory reports.

 Records experimental data from research using graphs, logs, charts and statistical summaries.

 May perform limited library research and reference work for background materials.
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 Accomplishes day-to-day care and housekeeping of laboratory.

 Orders laboratory supplies as needed.

 Monitors laboratory equipment and instrument performance; obtain maintenance and repair as necessary.

 Maintains computerized records associated with laboratory activities.

 Instructs others in laboratory methods, procedures, and techniques and provides technical guidance and
direction as required.